Espresso Martini
A good friend mentioned the other day she can not wait to see what this year’s festive drink is going to be so I am feeling a bit of pressure with this recipe for Espresso Martini. I had already shot the images a while back so there was no going back on my choice for this year.

I do think though this dark and delicious mix of espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur is a good follow up to last year’s beautiful and refreshing Strawberry Sangria and 2013’s spicy and sweet Christmas Milkshake.

Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini was created in London’s Soho in the 80’s and with modern day’s obsession with coffee it is as popular as ever. Perfect as a cocktail or as luxurious digestive after your meal I imagine it will make a fantastic twist on an affogato to end a meal with. One which I am definitely going to try over the next festive days.

Make sure you use the best coffee and the best vodka. I am very lucky to count Roger Jorgensen as a friend so did not think of using another vodka but his Primitiv Vodka which is distilled right here in South Africa.

Espresso Martini

I want to wish all my readers the happiest of holidays, how ever you may celebrate or not. I also have an array of festive recipes to inspire and help you plan for the season ahead – click here for all the recipes

Espresso Martini


  • Per Martini:
  • 50ml vodka
  • 35ml coffee liqueur
  • 25ml espresso
  • Ice


  1. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add some ice to the shaker
  3. Close the shaker and shake like your life depends on it (you want the ice to break)
  4. Empty the shaker through the shaker's strainer and through a sieve directly into a martini glass (the sieve helps create the foam)
  5. Garnish with a few coffee beans and serve immediately
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